Research Initiatives & Findings

The association and our member hospitals conduct research to improve the quality, cost and performance of clinical care, and the effectiveness of children's health care public policy.

These resources include research findings and outcomes available to all members or the public, and key articles in major peer-reviewed journals.


Researchers' Quest to Explain Popular Antibiotic Link to Respiratory Illness
July 28, 2020

Researchers strive to honor the memory of a former patient by uncovering the cause of her mysterious illness, educating others of the risk.

Finding a Cause for Kawasaki Disease
April 23, 2020

This researcher is working to find a cause for an uncommon pediatric disease.

The Roadmap to Improved Care for Children with Medical Complexity
April 8, 2020

David Bergman, M.D., Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, helped create and test a plan to efficiently meet the needs of children with medical complexity and their families. Learn about his efforts and where to read the final CARE Award paper.

The Next Epidemic: Vaping
September 17, 2019

E-cigarette use continues to grow in popularity among teens. Health care providers can help them understand the issue.

Improving Patient Outcomes From the Bedside to the Journals
April 3, 2019

The first week of April marks National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. In recognition, Children's Hospitals Today looks at how one nurse scientist is working to improve outcomes for this patient population.

Study: Later School Start Could Improve Adolescent Health and Improve Sleep
February 5, 2019

New study shows correlation between sleep and insulin sensitivity.

Maternal Depression May Alter Stress and Immune Markers in Children
October 16, 2018

Research suggests depression in women may affect their children's stress and well-being.

Pediatric Suicide-Related Hospital Visits Double
July 19, 2018

The number of encounters at children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide increased steadily from 2008-15.

Brain Imaging Research Could Lead to Improved Outcomes for Preterm Babies
May 16, 2018

Researchers are working to develop biomarkers to identify and treat at-risk preterm infants.

Opioid Ingestion Leading to Increase in PICU Admissions
April 27, 2018

Rising number of children need PICU treatment following opioid ingestion.

New Study Shows Omega Fatty Acid Supplement Reduces Autism Symptoms in Preemies
April 12, 2018

Omega supplementation study showed positive changes in autism spectrum disorder assessment scores.

Military Funds Research of Cannabis-based Autism Treatment for Kids
March 1, 2018

Trial aims to study the effectiveness of cannabidivarin on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Placenta Affects Why One Twin is Smaller than the Other
January 24, 2018

A study finds that slower transport of oxygen from mother to baby across the placenta predicts slower fetal growth, as well as a smaller brain and liver.

Researchers Link ADHD with Childhood Trauma
August 9, 2017

Researchers find a significant association between adverse childhood experiences and ADHD.

Suicide Admissions to Children's Hospitals Double over the Last Decade
May 9, 2017

Research uses PHIS data from 32 children's hospitals across the U.S.

7 Future Breakthroughs in Pediatric Research
May 4, 2017

Researchers say the potential for scientific advances in child health research has never been greater.

How This Pediatric Researcher Uses Data to Do His Job
May 2, 2017

Richard Aplenc specializes in caring for children with leukemia. Here's how data helps him do his job.

Children's Hospitals Participate in Nation's Largest Autism Study
April 19, 2017

Autism experts from children's hospitals across the country will join other leading health care institutions to participate in the largest autism study ever conducted in the United States.

New Center Aims to Advance Care and Research for Patients with Rare Diseases
March 8, 2017

To advance the care and treatment of children and adults with rare diseases, Children's National Health System announced it formed the Children’s National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI), the first center of its kind.

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections on the Rise for U.S. Children, Study Says
March 8, 2017

Antibiotic-resistant infections rose almost 700 percent in three years in children.

Stress During Pregnancy Could Have Long Term Effect on Child's Health
February 14, 2017

Stress, which can cause depression and anxiety, is best avoided—especially if a woman is pregnant, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Rate of Toddlers Hospitalized from Opioid Poisoning on the Rise
February 14, 2017

A new study finds the rate of children hospitalized from opioid poisoning has increased over the last 16 years.

Retail Medical Clinics Do Not Reduce ER Visit Costs, Study Finds
February 14, 2017

A new study finds that retail medical clinics do not help reduce emergency room visits or lower health care costs.

25 Biggest Pediatric Health Care Innovations in 25 Years
February 8, 2017

Here's a look at significant trends and innovations in pediatric health care from the last 25 years.

Strategies to Better Serve the Emergency Department Population
February 2, 2017

Hospitals implement strategies to better serve the emergency department population, which helps improve care and reduce costs.